Picks and Pans Review: Dave Matthews Band

updated 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King |

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CRITIC'S CHOICE

POP-ROCK
The first and last thing you hear on the new Dave Matthews Band album is the saxophone of LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the group who died last August. His presence is still strongly felt on the CD: The GrooGrux King part of the title nods to Moore, and he plays on a good share of tracks, including the haunting "Lying in the Hands of God," which takes on more resonance than could have ever been intended. Spiritual and spirited, the disc serves as an emotionally and musically rich send-off to that great shed in the sky.

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